The UK’s largest manufacturing sector continues to demonstrate "true staying power" in the face of continued political and economic uncertainty, posting an almost 25% increase in export performance over the past two years.
UK manufacturing continues to face significant change in automation and digitalisation, attitudes towards its emissions output and preparing its workforce for the future, while being beset by ever-shifting political challenges as the UK prepares to the the European Union.
The past half-decade has seen significant progress regarding the digitalisation of manufacturing, but there is still a way to go before the use of technologies, and the benefits they deliver, becomes the norm rather than the exception.
Rather than making human jobs obsolete, advanced digital technologies have the potential to maintain, vastly improve and augment human skills, opening up new opportunities for businesses. Nowhere is this truer than here in the UK.
The Manufacturer regularly sits down with industrial business owners, decision-makers, commentators and sector experts to discuss where they see future opportunities and unpick what keeps them up at night.
In today’s competitive landscape, environmental performance has to work alongside return on investment in the bottom line of a sustainable business. But is it so hard to balance costs and benefits? Lee Collinson reports.
So, 2019 was pretty interesting for UK manufacturing - and not necessarily in a good way! The Manufacturer's editorial team - Nick Peters, Jonny Williamson and Rory Butler - look back at some of the highs and lows of the year, and offer their thoughts on how manufacturers can make the most of 2020.